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Dog friendly Camber Sands beach

April 19, 2016 6 Comments

The forecast was set fair and the tides were timed just right for us to pack a picnic and the pooches and head down to the famous Camber Sands, in East Sussex, for the day. The last time I had visited the area was on a school, many years ago! I had fond memories of a vast sandy beach, lots of sheep on Romney Marshes and of accidentally stepping on a crab, which, in hindsight, wasn't such a great experience!

We usually head down to the beautiful beach at West Wittering with Reina and Taffy, but we really fancied a change and Camber Sands beach seemed perfect - no pebbles, a vast wide sandy beach and shallow sea. So we packed the dogs away into the back of the car together with our usual assortment of beach day trip paraphernalia:

  • towels
  • water bowl
  • container of water
  • nappy bags
  • brush
  • toys, balls, frisbee, chuckit thrower
  • the dog's favourite Little Pet Biscuit Co treats - Peanut Butter Biscuits for Reina (energy giving...she runs non-stop!) and Cheese Biscuits for Taffy (he needs a crunchy treat to keep him occupied)
  • and for us...a little picnic and some suntan lotion!

Camber Sands is located just to the East of the Medieval town of Rye. Which is so pretty and historic that it is worth a visit all of its own. The beach itself is vast and home, apparently, to the only sand dune system in East Sussex. In fact, from the car park you need to clamber over what seems to be a mountain of a sand dune, with all your gear, picnic and dogs pulling like a train, in order to access the beach. The sand is soft and deep, making your progress quite slow. But you are justly rewarded for your efforts by the view of the beach and the shallow water, just inviting you over for a paddle.

When can dogs go on the beach?

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Camber Sands all year round. However, between 1 May and 30 September, dogs are not allowed within the zoned area located on this map of Camber Sands. You don't need to worry about whether you're in the dog allowed zone or not as the beach is very clearly signposted. You can't really go wrong!

When to visit?

We like to take the dogs to the beach at any time of year, providing the weather isn't too foul. Obviously if you go during the Summer months and Bank Holidays it's bound to be busier. But for us, the key consideration is to be at the beach for low tide and preferably as the sea is receding, rather than coming in. So we always plan our visit around the tides and check this on the Magic Seaweed website before deciding whether to go.

Where to park?

There are several car parks servicing Camber Sands beach. We parked in the Western car park which is the first one you come to when you drive in to the area. It's a pay and display car park with around 1,800 spaces here which plenty, but there are no shaded areas to keep your car cool for your return from the beach. There is also a public toilet block. Follow this link to find more details on car parks in the area.

A few tips when bringing your dog to Camber Sands beach

Our dogs loved playing on the vast expanse of beach and it felt quite safe for them there. As the tide went out we walked with them to the water's edge, which seemed to take forever, and paddled with them in the sea. It's a pure sandy beach with no rockpools or interesting things for them to go sniffing in, so be sure to bring toys or balls for them to play with.

We couldn't find any water taps on the beach itself, so carried a container full of water over the sand dunes with us for the dogs.

There is quite a breeze on the beach and the fine sand got everywhere - in our picnic, in the water bowl, in our hair, in the dog's hair. We would invest in a windbreak if we returned to Camber Sands beach.

Our picture gallery

Here are a few memories of our visit to Camber Sands with Reina and Taffy. We hope you pay the beach a visit and enjoy it as much as we did.

And if you've enjoyed reading about our visit to dog friendly Camber Sands, why not take a quick look around our website to see if there are any tasty treats you'd like to take on your next trip to the beach with your dogs.

Taffy at Camber Sands beach

Reina at Camber Sands beach

Dogs paddling in the sea at Camber Sands

Man and dog at Camber Sands

Sun setting at Camber Sands beach

 Taffy on the beach at Camber Sands

6 Responses

Guy ward
Guy ward

July 01, 2019

I love seeing dogs running free on the beach.. but a point of not for owners.. if walking from camber sands to the broomhill section along the beach.. the broomhill section is a controlled power kite zone..both on land and sea the start of the area is designated by a flag pole on top of the embankment.. there are signs to that effect from the broomhill car park access but this may not be evident if walking along the beach.. please be extra vigilant in this area with free running dogs

Tina Pryor
Tina Pryor

May 16, 2019

It was the first time my dog saw the beach and the sea. He loved it.


May 16, 2019

Heading off to Camber for a few days on Monday.
For all year dog fun at Camber continue past the village and Park Dean holiday park and you come to Broomhill sands. Dogs welcome here all year. There is a raised esplanade and firstly a cobble bank to get down to beach which transforms into large rocks as you head east. Approaching the kite surfing school there is a concrete ramp for buggies and accessibility.
At the kite surfing centre there is a large free car park and large wooden steps onto the sand.
The surfers are great entertainment and often grab my attention.
A coffee hut is open at weekends and high season, but no toilets.
(Mang people use the camping facilities at the Patk Dean site ).
At low tide and low season you can walk along from the beach facilities at Camber proper to the kite surfing and back with dogs.
Definitely recommended.

Yvonne Warren
Yvonne Warren

November 26, 2017

The soft sand at Camber is very hard work to walk through. This September we stopped at the car lark where they sky dive and at low tide walked over the wall, over some pebbles and then miles of gorgeous hard sand which the dogs loved


August 15, 2017

Very helpful review. Taking both our dogs for a long weekend early September and sounds like the’ll be shattered by the evenings

Micky Joseph
Micky Joseph

July 08, 2017

Thank you, this is so informative, just what we needed. I wasn’t sure if dogs could be walked on Camber in Summer. My mother wants to visit there again – always used to take Clemmie, her Cocker Spaniel for a walk while Daddy (since passed away) played golf! I’m sure our two Westies and my friend’s Lurcher will love it! Best wishes, Micky x

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